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What causes high blood pressure in a young child?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Many possibilities
There are a variety of issues that deserve screening when a kid has high blood pressure.
The kidney is often looked at closely because various chemicals that originate from the kidney help drive the pressure. Other issues of diet & size can also come into play as well as a group of less common factors. Your pcp should work this up or send you to a pedi-nephrologist for answers.

In brief: Many possibilities
There are a variety of issues that deserve screening when a kid has high blood pressure.
The kidney is often looked at closely because various chemicals that originate from the kidney help drive the pressure. Other issues of diet & size can also come into play as well as a group of less common factors. Your pcp should work this up or send you to a pedi-nephrologist for answers.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
In brief: See your doctor
High blood pressure in b a young child can have several causes but are more likely to have a medical cause beyond just being overweight.
Seeing a doctor to check for signs of kidney, thyroid or heart disease is important. Sometimes it is more a matter of the blood pressure having been checked incorrectly, so if you are getting high readings in a drugstore have your doctor re-check the pressure.

In brief: See your doctor
High blood pressure in b a young child can have several causes but are more likely to have a medical cause beyond just being overweight.
Seeing a doctor to check for signs of kidney, thyroid or heart disease is important. Sometimes it is more a matter of the blood pressure having been checked incorrectly, so if you are getting high readings in a drugstore have your doctor re-check the pressure.
Dr. Michael Klein
Dr. Michael Klein
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Dr. Barton Cook
It may also be from coarctation of the aorta. Generally th r right arm blood pressure will be high, and the leg blood pressure normal or low.
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